These Are The Best Gym Memberships That Cost Less Than $50 A Month

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Signing up for a gym membership is definitely an investment, no matter what it costs. The good news is, you can get a lot out of a cheap gym membership if you choose wisely.
Really, the only thing you need from a gym is a clean space, machines that work, people that make you feel comfortable, and maybe a cool spot to take a gym selfie. There are lots of gyms out there that boast impressively low prices, and they kind of all look the same, so it can be tough to choose one that really works for your lifestyle and budget.
We combed through the offerings (read: did a lot of Yelp sleuthing) in 14 major cities across the country and found the best gym memberships under $50, and highlighted some of their best perks. Some of these budget gyms are chains, so they might be available in your city, even if it's not on this list. Once you find a gym near you, then it's worth it to contact them and ask for a free day pass so you can make sure you actually want to spend your money there. And if all else fails, you could do a YouTube workout, which is always free.
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Planet Fitness

Price: $10/month

Perks: Planet Fitness is known for its approachable, "judgment-free" fitness philosophy. That means they focus on cardio, circuit training and light free weights, and strongly discourage what they call "Lunk" behaviors, like grunting and slamming heavy weights. They also give away free pizza slices on the first Monday of every month, and free bagels on the second Tuesday of every month.

City: Philadelphia, PA
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Workout Anytime

Price: $15/month

Perks: You can join Workout Anytime on a month-to-month basis, which is great because it allows you to pause your membership on months when you know you're not going to get to the gym very often. This gym is also open 24 hours a day, so yes, you can get in a workout at any time.

City: Charlotte, NC
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Price: $19.95/month

Perks: Crunch is a great choice for people who like a modern and welcoming atmosphere, but aren't able to pay top-dollar for a swanky health club. They offer group fitness classes, and with this membership, you can stream online video workouts from So, even if you can't make it to the physical gym, you can still take your favorite classes.

City: San Diego, CA
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LA Fitness

Price: $24.99/month

Perks: The sleek amenities at LA Fitness make it hard to believe that a membership is about the price of a nice bottle of wine. At most clubs, you'll find groups fitness, personal training, basketball, racquetball, pools, and saunas. Some locations, like this one in Los Angeles, also have a built-in smoothie bar, so you can fuel up post-workout. And while LA Fitness originated in Southern California, there are over 600 locations in cities across the country.

City: Los Angeles, CA
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Southport Fitness

Price: $29/month

Perks: Whether you need a cardio machine, room to stretch, or a personal trainer, you can find it at Southport Fitness. They have three different training programs that range depending on your fitness level and budget: small group training with six people; one-on-one with a personal trainer; and boot camp group classes.

City: Chicago, IL
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Gold's Gym

Price: $29.95/month

Perks: There are six different Gold's Gym locations just in Houston, and they're all affordable. At the Bear Creek Fitness Center, you'll find an area of the gym dedicated to functional training with training ropes, kettlebells, and rocker boards.

City: Houston, TX
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Anytime Fitness

Price: $33.99/month

Perks: You really can go to this gym anytime, because it's open 24 hours a day. They have free group classes in addition to cardio, strength, and functional training equipment. Plus, their team of trainers will give you a fitness consultation and movement assessment when you join to help you make and reach your goals.

City: Phoenix, AZ
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Snap Fitness 24-7

Price: $34.95/month

Perks: Before joining this 24-hour gym, you can buy a "Fit Pass" 30-day trial membership for just $8.95 to ensure that you actually want to commit to a monthly charge. The gym is open 24-hours a day, so it's a convenient option for people who need flexible scheduling.

City: Columbus, OH
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Bailey's Gym

Price: $34.99/month

Perks: If you tend to work out late at night, this gym might be your best bet, because it's open 24 hours a day. They host a handful of group fitness classes each week, including TRX, Zumba, yoga, and indoor cycling, and have large cardio and weight areas.

City: Jacksonville, FL
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South Oakland Family YMCA

Price: $35/month

Perks: The YMCA isn't just a center for little kids to go to summer camp. There are lots of amenities for adults who want to work out, like exercise machines, stretching areas, free weights, and weight rooms, plus group and water exercise classes. At some YMCA locations, they offer free childcare while you work out.

City: Detroit, MI
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Sunset Gym

Price: $39.99/month

Perks: Members love the old school vibe and friendly staff at this San Francisco gym. They have a wide variety of equipment, including Olympic cages, and a large selection of free weights.

City: San Francisco, CA
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National Institute for Fitness and Sport

Price: $43.50/month for members under 26

Perks: This gym is a state-of-the-art, 65,000-square-foot fitness facility. They host more than 70 weekly group fitness classes, and they have any type of equipment you'd ever need. There's also a 200-meter rubberized track, a NBA regulation-sized basketball court, and Olympic lifting platforms.

City: Indianapolis, IN
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New York Sports Club

Price: $44.99/month

Perks: There are 203 different types of group fitness classes offered at NYSC, and they also host sports lessons and leagues. Many locations have an indoor pool, and they also offer babysitting services.

City: New York, NY
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InsideOut Gym

Price: $48/month

Perks: Beginners who haven't stepped foot in a gym in a while will appreciate this intimate Memphis gym, because their goal is to make sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable — not intimidated. For example, they schedule classes during the busiest times of day, so that the cardio and weight areas don't get too crowded. And they have 45 classes a week tailored to different fitness levels.

City: Memphis, TN

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